Australia (2005)

Average Rating: 6.53/10
Board Game Rank: 1369
Strategy Game Rank: 674
Family Game Rank: 370
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2005
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 − 90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Australia
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A board game for 2-5 players. Each player controls a group of Rangers, who are working on nature and industry projects in Australia during the 1920s. The game board shows 6 states, which are divided into 24 land or water regions. Every region contains a face down industrial counter and a face up nature counter. On the borders, you find bases (camps or ships), where the players place their Ranger pieces to score points. At the beginning, every player receives a number of Rangers, which he keeps on his own player board, a plane, and two cards. The back of a card shows how many Rangers you can place in a base and how many dollars you receive. The front of a card shows the region where this base should border on.

The active player must perform two actions from the following three possibilities:
1) A player may fly his plane to a region and turn up an industry counter (if available).
2) A player may play a card to collect money and/or place Rangers in one base. Should this card have the same color as the region where his plane is, placement is free. Otherwise, a fee of $3 is collected from the player.
3) A player may remove up to four Rangers from the game board back to his or her supply.
Note: A special move is allowed to move any Ranger on the board for a cost of $4.

You score points by completing nature or industrial projects. Nature projects are completed as soon as the last free base in this region contains at least 1 Ranger. The player who completes the project receives 3 bonus points. Every player with Rangers in a base in this region receives 1 point for every Ranger (2 points for Rangers on a ship base). Industrial projects are completed as soon as the industry counter is turned over and the surrounding bases contain the required number of Rangers. These projects also provide 3 bonus points and 1 point per Ranger (2 points for Rangers on a ship base). Points are registered on a scoring track. At the end of the game, each dollar is an extra victory point.

The game ends when all card piles are exhausted and at least one player has played his last card. The players add their remaining dollars to their scores. The player with the most points wins the game.

Note: the English rules for the basic game may have an errata. It says draw 9 cards to make stacks, when the non-English rules say draw 8 cards, and the Advanced English rules say draw 9 instead of 8 cards.

Advanced rules

A windmill is introduced. When an industry counter with a windmill symbol is turned over, the windmill moves to another region and will add 1 point to its value. Whenever a region is scored, the nature or industry counter is placed on a windmill track. When the windmill track is filled, a windmill scoring round takes place. To score at the windmill, players need to place Rangers on a special Ranger track (instead of placing them in a base, as they normally would do). The player with the most Rangers on the Ranger track receives the value of the windmill in victory points. The second place receives half, the third place receives half of the second place. After the windmill scoring round, the counters on the windmill are removed and the players have to take half of their Rangers on the Ranger track back. Several windmill scoring rounds are possible. At the end of the game, an extra windmill scoring round takes place.

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Components:

  • 1 gameboard
  • 75 rangers
  • 5 aeroplanes
  • 5 scoring markers
  • 5 individual player boards
  • 42 cards
  • 24 industrialization tiles
  • 24 conservation tiles
  • 44 australian dollars
  • 1 windmill
  • 1 arrow, 1 ring and 1 base for the windmill
  • 1 rulebook
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Ravensburger German Edition
Publisher: Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
Artist: Harald Lieske
Year: 2005
Product Code: 26357-8
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
2.51 pounds
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International Edition
Publisher: Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
Artist: Harald Lieske
Year: 2005
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
Dutch, English, French, Italianmore»
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9 Australia Player Aid (English)
This 6" x 4" card lists the available actions, their costs (if any) and outlines the scoring, including how windmill scoring works. I've attempted to make the card a bit more attractive and a bit less wordy than the one included with the game.
English
2009-05-17
4 Australia Digital Boardgame
This is not an independent game. It have been developed to be played with the original board game. Be careful, it have not enforced rules, so you can do anything with the cards and figures, as in the real game. You can use it in a tabletPC or in a notebook with touchscreen for getting a better playability.
2009-01-23
0 Tuckbox for Australia Cards
This is a Tuckbox to hold all the cards. It fits back into the card spot in the box insert. Now the cards don't fall out when you store the box on its side. Developed from the template found here... http://www.cpforbes.net/tuckbox/
2008-11-07
1 Australia summary rules / Australia resumen de reglas
Chuleta lista para imprimir y plastificar
2008-08-07
2 Australia player aid in spanish / Australia ayuda para jugadores en español
Archivo listo para imprimir y pegar en los cartones de ayuda de los jugadores
2008-08-07
12 Australia Player Aid.pdf
Full color player aid for Australia
2006-10-26
5 australia-summary-1.0.pdf
Australia setup and play summary.
2006-03-29
4 australia card dist.pdf
Breakdown of the ranger/money cards by color.
2006-03-04
0 Australia_Translated_into_Korean_by_skeil_v1_01.doc
Translated into Korean
2005-07-25
0 Australia_Translated_into_Korean_by_skeil_v1_01.doc
Translated into Korean.
2005-07-15
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1369
Strategy Game Rank: 674
Family Game Rank: 370
Num Ratings: 1231
Average Rating: 6.53
Standard Deviation: 1.26
Num Views: 98712
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.4
Fans: 9
Personal Comments: 539
Users Owning: 1368
Users Wanting: 49
Users Trading: 107 [find trade matches]
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Total Plays: 1984
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